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A History Of Blues Pt4

Part Four of Four. Documentary series on the origins and development of the Blues, as a guitarist's guide. The series features archive footage of performance...

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Johnny Cash - The 1950s Live TV Appearances

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This is why the Internet is awesome. Someone on YouTube took the time to compile every TV appearance that Cash made between 1955 and 1959. It says that it;s an “incomplete” collection but who cares. These 16 gems of musical history will satisfy.

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Martin Simpson: Vagrant Stanzas – review

Martin Simpson: Vagrant Stanzas – review | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Martin Simpson goes back to basics on this varied set, with his own new songs proving the highlights, writes Robin Denselow. Martin Simpson returns to basics. Two years ago, with his Purpose + Grace album, he surrounded himself with guests from the British folk scene, but now he shows off his guitar, banjo and vocal skills in an intimate but varied solo set. The tracks here range from self-written songs to re-interpretation of other people's work, British and American traditional material and elaborate instrumentals. 

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Guy Clark: My Favorite Picture Of You

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As he enters his 70th year, Guy Clark consolidates his standing as the eminence grise of Texas singer/songwriters with My Favorite Picture of You.A collection of songs that embraces the beckoning of Lone Star dance halls (the deeply sweet “Corn Meal Waltz,” Lyle Lovett’s “The Waltzing Fool”), the mortal foibles of humanity (“Hell Bent On A Heartache,” “The High Price of Inspiration”) and classic storytelling (“The Death of Sis Draper,” the wry “She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” sequel “Rain In Durango”), Picture hones Clark’s lean writing to Raymond Carver-esque proportions.

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Lurrie Bell - Blues in My Soul (Delmark, 2013)

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With his father the great harmonica player Carey Bell and godfather in another Chicago blues legend Eddie C. Campbell, it could be said that Lurrie Bell was born into the blues.
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Charles Bradley: Soul of America

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Don't miss this unique opportunity to see Charles Bradley: Soul of America on the big screen! (From our friends at Daptone Records...
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Dr. Ralph Stanley Announces Final Tour - Twang Nation - The Best In Americana Music

Dr. Ralph Stanley Announces Final Tour - Twang Nation - The Best In Americana Music | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

The website for the legendary Bluegrass stalwart and banjo innovator Dr. Ralph Stanley has announced the Man Of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell. His final tour beginning in October 2013 to run through run through December 2014. The site states that the event is projected to cover more than 80 shows at festivals, folk clubs and performing arts centers.

Accompanying the multiple Grammy winner and Grand Ole Opry star will be his band, the fabled Clinch Mountain Boys.

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Influences: Boz Scaggs & Charles Bradley: Soulful Men | Elmore Magazine

Influences: Boz Scaggs & Charles Bradley: Soulful Men | Elmore Magazine | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

What are you listening to right now?

Boz Scaggs: I just downloaded Eric Clapton’s album last night to see what he was up to. Mostly I listen to piano jazz.

Charles Bradley: I still like the oldies but goodies. That’s why I still play Barry White, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin. I listen to a little bit of today’s music, but a lot of today’s music just doesn’t fit my soul.


What was the first record you ever bought?

BS: A Fats Domino 78. It could have been “Blueberry Hill.”

CB: James Brown, Live at the Apollo. I was about 14 years old.

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Chris Thile Bach CD coming in August

Chris Thile Bach CD coming in August | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that many a bluegrass instrumentalist has found themselves fascinated by the music of J.S. Bach. The symmetry, clarity of form, and contrapuntal accents of his compositions have their counterparts in bluegrass and modern string music, though our harmony is typically a bit more traditional.There have been many banjo or guitar arrangements of Bach pieces, but as so much of his music was written for violin, bluegrass fiddlers and mandolinists are especially drawn to learn it.
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Outshine the Sun – Foghorn Stringband

Outshine the Sun – Foghorn Stringband | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Most bands practicing old time music these days fall into one of two categories: strict traditionalists, whose albums sound as if they could have been recorded at the Bristol Sessions, and those who take the stripped down sound of the old time style...
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Sharon Jones Recovering After Surgery

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Soul singer Sharon Jones tweeted that she is feeling fine and recovering well after undergoing surgery on a stage one tumor in her bile duct "Out of surgery and I am feeling better than I ever expected" Jones wrote "The nurses at the hospital are...
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Album Stream: Davell Crawford - My Gift to You :: Featured Audio :: Paste

Album Stream: Davell Crawford - My Gift to You :: Featured Audio :: Paste | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Music is in Davell Crawford’s blood. The grandson of the great James “Sugar Boy” Crawford, Davell has been an active member of the New Orleans music scene since single digits.

Crawford was raised in Baptist and Catholic churches, playing organ, piano, and directing and singing in choirs. Since his early years in the church, gospel has remained the driving force of Crawford’s music, but he is not one to shy away from detours into R&B, blues, soul, or funk.

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The Definitive Doc Watson from Sugar Hill

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Sugar Hill Records has announced a a July 16 release for anew compilation project from the late Doc Watson.

The Definitive Doc Watson will contain 34 tracks on 2 CDs, covering selections from Watson’s time recording for both the Vanguard and Sugar Hill labels.

The Vanguard era began in 1962, and includes the early solo albums that launched this legacy performer to international stardom as a singer, guitarist, and folklorist. For many people, Doc’s music was their first glimpse into the folk music of the Appalachian region.

Later recordings, including several with his son, Merle, were released on the Flying Fish label. Both Vanguard and Flying Fish were acquired by the Welk Music Group, which also owns Sugar Hill. The last few Watson recordings were on Sugar Hill.

Taken together, Sugar Hill’s new compilation has access to Doc’s music from 1962 to 2005. Talk about a treasure trove!

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Old Crow Medicine Show to be Inducted as Members of the Grand Ole Opry :: Music :: News :: Paste

Old Crow Medicine Show to be Inducted as Members of the Grand Ole Opry :: Music :: News :: Paste | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
The Americana string band is set to be inducted as members into one of music’s most prestigious and long-running stage shows—the Grand Ole Opry. 

From performing on street corners to headlining some of the biggest venues and festivals in the world, Old Crow Medicine Show have certainly come quite a long ways. Now, the Americana band is set to be inducted as members into one of music’s most prestigious and long-running stage shows—the Grand Ole Opry.

Though the group has performed on the show frequently over the years, including a stint in the early 2000s where they entertained the crowds between shows, the inducution will mark their official place in Opry history.

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Give the People What They Want – review

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Give the People What They Want – review | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

It's possible to tick off the influences on a Sharon Jones album; the Motown beats of Stranger to My Happiness, the Stax horns on You'll Be Lonely and Now I See (perilously close to Try a Little Tenderness); a Joe Tex riff here, an Aretha wail there. No matter, the 50-something from Brooklyn is her own diva and sounds at once wounded, defiant and exuberant. Producer-bassist Bosco Mann runs a tight band with its own tricks (no Motown hit used a congalero), and which purrs along so joyously the influences fade to leave a core of unadulterated soul. Long may Queen Sharon reign.

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Preservation Hall shines on 1st album in 50 years | Music | Modesto Bee

Preservation Hall shines on 1st album in 50 years | Music | Modesto Bee | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

With high-profile collaborations at Bonnaroo (Jack Johnson) and the Grammys (The Black Keys), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been reaching out to a wider audience. "That's It!," co-produced by Jim James of the indie rock band My Morning Jacket, continues this trend as the first album of entirely new compositions in PHJB's 50-plus-year history.

Preservation Hall's original mission was to preserve the authentic sounds of New Orleans jazz by presenting musicians with direct links to jazz's founding fathers in the early 20th century. Now under the leadership of tuba player Ben Jaffe, whose parents founded the Hall, the band's current lineup is preserving New Orleans jazz in the 21st century with a fresh-sounding repertoire that keeps the brass-heavy acoustic instrumentation and rhythms from the past.

 

 

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Guitar legend Buddy Guy continues to 'keep the blues alive'

Guitar legend Buddy Guy continues to 'keep the blues alive' | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Guitar legend Buddy Guy continues to 'keep the blues alive.' Guy also takes a second to lament how difficult it can be to just hear some blues these days: “Back on the AM stations, the disc jockey used to play whatever they...


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Early for a Thursday – Jaywalkers

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Like the United States, England has experienced several folk revivals over the past century, leading to a renewed interest in traditional and acoustic music, and even the establishment of an annual folk awards show by one of the United Kingdom’s most...
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T-Model Ford, Late-Blooming Bluesman, Is Dead

T-Model Ford, Late-Blooming Bluesman, Is Dead | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

Mr. Ford, who released his first album in 1997, began his musical life in the 1980s in Mississippi juke joints. . .

T-Model Ford, a raw-sounding, mesmerizing guitarist and singer who was among the last of the old-time Delta bluesmen — and whose career was all the more noteworthy for his not having picked up a guitar until he was almost 60 — died on Tuesday at his home in Greenville, Miss.

 

His exact age was shrouded in the smoky legend that often attends the blues, but he was almost certainly in his early 90s.

His death was announced on the Web site of Fat Possum Records, an independent label in Oxford, Miss., that produced several of his albums.

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Richie Havens' Ashes to Be Scattered at Woodstock Festival Grounds

Richie Havens' Ashes to Be Scattered at Woodstock Festival Grounds | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Richie Havens' ashes will be scattered at the site of Woodstock the iconic festival he opened in 1969 The folk singer died in April at age 72 from a heart attack Random Notes Hottest Rock Pictures The ceremony will take place on August 18th on...
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Guitar used by Bob Dylan to 'go electric' set to be sold at auction

Guitar used by Bob Dylan to 'go electric' set to be sold at auction | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Instrument from Dylan's 1965 set at at Newport Folk Festival on sale    
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Ricky Skaggs Readies First-Ever Autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler” - Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News

Ricky Skaggs Readies First-Ever Autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler” - Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News Ricky Skaggs Readies First-Ever Autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler” Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News Nashville, TN -- Bluegrass and Country Music icon Ricky Skaggs has just about done it all over the course of his 50+...
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CD/DVD review: Various artists “Woody at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center”

CD/DVD review: Various artists “Woody at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center” | American Crossroads | Scoop.it
The far-reaching nature of Woody Guthrie’s music and legacy is showcased on the “Woody at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center” concert album and DVD.The star-studded lineup for the concert, the official U.S. conclusion of last year’s centennial celebration in honor of the Okemah native, ranges from Heartland rocker John Mellencap and bluegrass greats The Del McCoury Band to singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco and alt-country standout Roseanne Cash.
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Americana Music is the New Country Music

Americana Music is the New Country Music | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

I’m not sure if I was the first to coin the term but I’m pretty sure i was the first to tweet it – that’s so country it’s Americana.

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Reviews: Booker T. Jones – Sound The Alarm (Stax) | Elmore Magazine

Reviews: Booker T. Jones – Sound The Alarm (Stax) | Elmore Magazine | American Crossroads | Scoop.it

2013 is an exciting year for Booker T. Jones, who helped shape soul music as organist of the tight, laid-back ‘60s combo Booker T. & the MGs. In April, he was honored to musical direct a PBS White House concert of Memphis soul. Really, it’s the rest of us who were honored by hearing this songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and four-time Grammy winner whose vision of soul music remains vital and fresh. This album announces even bigger news: after 43 years: Jones has come home to Stax, the resurrected, history-making home of soul-shaking records.

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